PAC Virtual Symposium: A Balanced and Pragmatic Approach to Pedorthics

This year, the symposium of the Pedorthic Association of Canada will be entirely digital. On April 16, 2021, the Symposium will welcome a curated program of expert speakers including keynote speaker Tom Michaud, DC. All presentations will reference the symposium's theme: A Balanced and Pragmatic Approach to Pedorthics.

The program:

Keynote: Overview of biomechanical measurements of the foot/ankle -Tom Michaud
Since graduating from Western States Chiropractic College in the early 80s, Dr. Tom Michaud has published numerous book chapters and dozens of articles on subjects ranging from biomechanics of the first ray and shoulder, to the pathomechanics of vertebral artery dissection.  His first textbook, Foot Orthoses and Other Forms of Conservative Foot Care, was translated into four languages. His next book, Human Locomotion: The Conservative Management of Gait-Related Disorders, published in 2012, is used in physical therapy, chiropractic, pedorthic, and podiatry schools around the world. He has also published a book for recreational runners: Injury-Free Running: How to Build Strength, Improve Form, and Treat/Prevent Injuries.

Lower limb long bone torsional issues affecting the foot and gait mechanics - Shawn Allen, Ivo Waerlop
Shawn Allen is a Diplomate of American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedists. He works with with a broad base of patients including Olympic, professional, para-professional, collegiate and All-American athletes including sprinters, distance runners, swimmers, marathoners, Ultra-marathoners, gymnasts, dancers (ballet, modern, Irish and ballroom), mixed martial artists, football, wrestling, baseball and Olympic distance, Sprint and IRONMAN triathletes.

Dr Ivo Waerlop is a graduate of the New York Chiropractic College. He received his post-graduate neurology diplomate from Logan Chiropractic College and became board certified in 1990. Dr Ivo works with a broad base of patients including Olympic level, professional and paraprofessional running, skiing and cycling athletes. He lectures in the US and Canada on foot-ankle and gait biomechanics in sports, rehabilitation, dry needling and acupuncture techniques. He is co-author of the textbook, Pedographs and Gait Analysis: Clinical Applications and Pearls.

Mindsets and Biomechanics - Melissa Boswell, Bioengineering Ph.D. candidate
Melissa Boswell is a fifth-year Bioengineering Ph.D. candidate at Stanford University. Her work bridges the fields of biomechanics, psychology, and computer science to improve accessibility and adherence to conservative interventions for knee osteoarthritis. She is passionate about improving how we move and how we think about movement in ways that benefit our health and wellbeing.

The Influence of Mechanical Peripheral Nerve Entrapments on Foot and Leg pain- Conor Collins, RMT
During his presentation Conor Collins will outline the pathophysiology of peripheral nerve injuries, as well as his assessment process when managing a suspected peripheral nerve condition. Following clinical evaluation, he will provide simplistic exercises and lifestyle based modifications to provide patients with important symptom management tools as they return to pre-injury status.

Benefits of stretching for health, injury risk reduction, balance and pain control - David Behm, PhD
Acute and chronic (training) stretching can increase the range of motion (ROM) of the affected muscles and joints as well as non-local, non-stretched homologous and heterologous muscles. The stretch-induced ROM has been postulated to improve performance by permitting more expansive movements in actions that necessitate an augmented ROM such as gymnastics, figure skating, combat sports (i.e. wrestling, martial arts), among many other actions and sports. Even activities of daily living such as the ability to put on socks and shoes can be negatively impacted by limited flexibility affecting an individual’s independence. Another example would be the inability of diabetics with restricted flexibility to inspect their extremities. Mobility problems may contribute to an increased chance of falling. With such potential musculoskeletal benefits of an increased ROM, it might be expected that static stretching (SS) should be universally promoted.

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